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The Olympus E-PL3 offers ample external control points, a tilting LCD screen, and fast AF performance along with high image quality in a small, stylish package. Although the complexity of the menu system may require an initial learning curve for new users, the E-PL3 is a pleasant-handling and very well-specified camera that can capture excellent images with a minimum of fuss.
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You love preserving memories, but you’re ready for more creativity.
More control. More options for capturing unforgettable images. The E-PL3 inspires innovation and is perfect for those who require a versatile, portable camera filled with advanced yet easy-to-use creative technologies. Its high-resolution 3” articulating LCD features a new interface that makes it easy to access the effects you want from any angle.
The new 12.3 megapixel Live MOS sensor is optimized to maximize the performance of all m.Zuiko digital lenses in any shooting condition. Improvements to the sensitivity and read-out speed of the existing sensor makes ISO 12,800 shooting and Full HD movie recording possible.
STABILIZATION TECHNOLOGY IN THE BODY, NOT IN THE LENSES
Say goodbye to blurry images. Olympus’ in-body image stabilization technology makes it possible to use any Micro Four Thirds lenses (or Four Thirds lens), from wide-angle to telephoto, for perfectly clear, crisp photos no matter what the shooting situation, even in low light!
IMPROVED COLOR REPRODUCTION
The new TruePic VI Image Processor, designed specifically for the Olympus PEN, features Real Color Technology for improved color reproduction (especially colors such as emerald green, yellow, and gold) and color gradation. The faster processor also allows for a shorter recovery time between shots.
FACE DETECTION WITH EYE DETECT
Nail the focus for every portrait photo, every time. The new face detection AF employs an "Eye Detect AF" that adjusts focus automatically on the subject's eyes during portrait shooting and can even be adjusted to focus on the right, left or near-side eye. The Face Detection function captures up to eight faces, reducing the chance of blurred subjects when shooting several people at once.
WORLD’S FASTEST AUTO FOCUS*
The new FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) AF System is able to focus at an incredible speed and offers 35 separate focus points that are spread over nearly the entire sensor, which makes it possible for pin-point accurate focusing on small subjects wherever they appear in the frame. Selectable 3x3 groups within the 35-point area are especially effective when shooting active subjects.
5 FPS SEQUENTIAL SHOOTING
With the E-PL3 you can take up to five photos a second, allowing you to easily capture that perfect shot, especially when your subject is moving.
ADVANCED CONTINUOUS AF & TRACKING With the improved AF system, the AF Tracking function locks your subject into focus and continuously adjusts focus and brightness even if the subject disappears from view momentarily.
ADVANCED CONTINUOUS AF & TRACKING
High-precision engineering and an improved internal focusing mechanism have allowed the Olympus MSC (Movie+Still Compatible) lenses to auto focus quickly, smoothly and silently, perfect for stills and movies.
FULL 1080 HD VIDEO
Shoot up to 29 minutes of 1080 60i HD video and stereo sound in either AVCHD or AVI formats. A Direct HD Movie Button switches you from still to movie mode with just the press of a button.
IN-CAMERA ADVANCED ART FILTERS
Six in-camera Art Filters (Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama and Dramatic Tone) are enhanced by new filter variations, art effects and bracketing. Photographers can use Art Filters in all shooting modes as well as filming HD movies.
NEW 3D SHOOTING
Add a new dimension to your photographs in any mode from macro to landscape with Olympus’ 3D technology. By simply selecting the 3D Photo Mode, releasing the shutter, and slowly panning, the camera will automatically take a second image from a slightly different perspective. The 3D data is processed in-camera resulting in an .MPO file, the universal industry 3D format, for easy display on 3D televisions or laptops.
IN-CAMERA SLIDESHOW WITH SOUND
Slideshows have never been easier or more fun to create. The E-PL3's enhanced playback functions allow you to employ effective fade-in/fade-out techniques, control the movie/still mix and speed, add captivating musical soundtracks, and much more.
NEW THREE-INCH TILTING WIDESCREEN LCD
This bright, 614k dot high-resolution screen features a newly-designed touch interface that gives you the ability to choose AF points, release the shutter, and navigate the camera’s menus with just the touch of your finger. With the AF (Anti-Fingerprint) coating, you don’t even need to worry about fingerprint smudges.
EXCELLENT SHOTS - EFFORTLESSLY
iAuto automatically identifies the scene you're shooting – portrait, landscape, night portrait, macro, or sport – and adjusts the settings to optimize results. The E-PL3 is also equipped with 23 Scene-Select modes for effortless picture taking, including Fireworks, Sunset, Children, Macro and Panorama, to name a few. There are even three scene modes that are specific to shooting with Olympus’ conversion lenses to optimize the performance of those lenses.
UPDATED SCREEN DESIGN & LIVE GUIDE
The E-PL3’s Live Guide system allows you to preview effects as you adjust them – before the image is even captured. Simply select Live Guide and turn the wheel on the back of the camera to slide through numerous photographic effects, such as brightness, color saturation, tone, etc.
Operating the camera is more intuitive with the newly designed user interface. The on-screen graphics have also been updated with a sleeker font design and an automatic pop-up guide in the menu screen.
No need for cables or even a computer. Upload or email images directly from your camera with an optional PP-1 PENPAL® or Eye-Fi™ card. The E-PL3 is also capable of recording stills and video to SD, SDHC, SDXC and UHS-I media cards.
The addition of this super luminosity LED beam allows the camera to focus faster in low light up to almost 10 feet.
INCREASED ISO SENSITIVITY
Stunning low light photos are a click away with an increased ISO sensitivity to 12,800.
ATTACHABLE FLASH INCLUDED
This camera provides the flexibility to attach a flash to your camera via the accessory port, or leave it at home for maximum portability
I like ergonomics how it feels in my hands and the smooth machined aluminum body.
I've taken pictures indoors without flash that look pretty good in my opinion, I've taken pictures on a moving train that look great.
The sensor is much bigger than most of the point and shoot digital cameras and offers much better image quality.
This is a great pocket cam for those who would like a bit more control over their images than you can get with an all in one compact digital. Read morePublished 12 days ago by J. R. Cowan
This camera was perfect for us. We were interested in something better than the standard point and shoot. We take a lot of pictures of our kids in action. Read morePublished 1 month ago by grayfamily
I really like this camera and decided to keep it instead of the EPL5 which cost twice as much. It takes very sharp pictures and handles outdoor conditions well. Read morePublished 1 month ago by RJ from PH
Brought it not even a week ago camera came defective. Not even taking picsPublished 2 months ago by Patricia J Straughn
Olympus PEN E-PL3 (Black Body) I like this micro 4/3s camera because it's light to carry. On travels or outdoor camping I might not want to take a full photography Bag full of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by EMT9112U
The problem is that the cord will not go into the battery charger, so I can't charge the battery at all. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Marilyn Mccloskey
Exposure compensation settings can't be changed in manual shooting mode - which means the camera, in it's stupidity, will automatically over-expose every picture you take. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Stephen Huck
This is a mirrorless digital 4/3 rds camera. It has an image sensor about 1/4 the size of 35mm film. A 25mm lens is a normal lens on this camera. Read morePublished 6 months ago by panerd